My new comment on the Canon lens post below made me think, and I realized why I and many others are nostalgic for the way cameras looked before the eighties:
It's because they looked like what they are: machines.
Guys love machines.
So here's my tip to camera manufacturers in these recession times (Japan is hit hard): make at camera which looks like a machine.
Make it full metal. No plastic.
Make the screws show.
Lots of levers and dial and things that move.
It will sell, I promise. It does not even have to be a good camera! (Although if it is, you'll also sell to people who know their stuff.)
Stephen Gillette sez:
'Tis true!! We really want dials and doo-hickeys...menus are for kids. I was thinking of buying a Flip Mino a few months back and going the customize route. (Guys like to customize their machines, too.) I designed a façade that had the essence of the old Yashica Electro 35 from the ‘60’s...back in the days when you could whack an assailant with a 35mm camera and he’d need stitches...if he survived!!